Health Care

VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: More businesses can benefit from a doctor in the houseRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Christopher S.
Fifty years ago, a sick or injured worker in a manufacturing plant did not have to leave work to get care-the worker simply went to the plant clinic and saw the company doctor. Today, the idea of the company clinic is making a come back, but with a new emphasis on wellness and prevention. health recommendations and concerns. In some cases, these routine visits can lead to the discovery of potentially serious conditions that might have otherwise gone unnoticed and...
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VIEWPOINT: Legislation could make Indiana unwelcomingRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Diane Thomas
Anxieties about immigration legislation introduced this session are growing. If the bill passes, businesses that "knowingly" hire undocumented workers will face harsh penalties: threeyear probation for companies found to have hired undocumented immigrants; for a second offense, loss of the firm's license to do business in Indiana. And it would be a misdemeanor to transport, conceal or harbor an unauthorized immigrant; a second offense would be a felony. The law would require the Indiana attorney general to investigate complaints against...
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EDITORIAL: State negligent on smoking ban: Lawmakers sidestep serious issueRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
State negligent on smoking ban Lawmakers sidestep serious issue We'd like to think the demise of Rep. Charlie Brown's bill that would have banned workplace smoking statewide was just another casualty of the property tax reform wave. More likely, the bill died because our legislators don't have the will to tackle the sad state of Hoosier health. Brown's bill died in a House committee Jan. 23 after a brief hearing in which testimony on the bill's behalf was cut off...
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Indianapolis entrepreneur finds way to combine exercise and workRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Jerry Carr studied turf at Purdue University-how to grow some of Mother Nature's best and how to design the artificial kind. After graduation, his jobs mostly kept him outside and active. But when he moved into a desk-bound sales job in 2006, he noticed more than the inevitable weight gain. "I couldn't wait to exercise at the end of each day," said Carr, 47. Feeling restless and unfocused, he brought a treadmill into his office. But he found that switching...
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City emerging as drug distribution hub: Medco Health Solutions deal latest boon to growing subsector in Indiana's life sciences development effortsRestricted Content

January 21, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Thanks to a series of major economic development wins, Indianapolis is enjoying a pharmaceutical distribution business hot streak. Life sciences industry leaders hope to keep the sizzle burning in 2008 and beyond. "It's not something we're hoping we can do someday. It's something we're already doing now," said BioCrossroads CEO David Johnson. "We're simply trying to expand the footprint of what we're doing." Pharmaceutical logistics has become a big business. According to the Arlington, Va.-based Healthcare Distribution Management Association, U.S....
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NOTIONS: Will the change bandwagon ever roll our way?Restricted Content

January 14, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
On the presidential campaign trail these past few weeks, the dominant exit-polling insight seems to be that Americans are hungry for change. Voters have told interviewers they're weary of the direction we're headed, tired of the politics of the past and eager to forego the status quo. And so the presidential candidates, Republican and Democrat alike, have jumped on the change bandwagon, ridden it from Iowa to New Hampshire, and tried to explain why they've been, are, or could be...
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Few stocks avoid effect of housing, banking woes: Wall Street pessimism spreading across industriesRestricted Content

January 14, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
Nineteen central Indiana companies have seen their stock prices fall more than one-quarter from the 52-week highs-a plunge that largely reflects pessimism over the strength of the economy. The pullback has hammered some of the top-performing Hoosier companies in recent years, including shopping mall owner Simon Property Group Inc. (off $46 a share, or 38 percent) and school operator ITT Educational Services Inc. (off $52, or 39 percent). Former highfliers often take the biggest tumble when investor sentiment turns bearish....
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Financial Planning Titles: A list of acronyms after an adviser's name might look impressive, but those seeking credible advice need to sort through designationsRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Scott Olson
inancial F Planning Titles A list of acronyms after an adviser's name might look impressive, but those seeking credible advice need to sort through designations Investing your money is overwhelming enough already-especially with all the available options-without having to fret over whether a financial adviser has the credentials to keep your retirement account afloat. Sure, there are a litany of fancy titles financial planners can earn that may help ease your concerns. But what do they really mean? With more...
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Of battles won and trouble ahead: Peterson says state action key to city's futureRestricted Content

December 31, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Democrat Bart Peterson leaves office in early January after two terms as mayor of Indianapolis. Succeeding him will be Republican Greg Ballard, a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps who parlayed property-tax outrage into a surprise win. As Peterson, 49, prepared to leave office, he sat down with IBJ. The following is an edited version of the interview. IBJ: You didn't expect to be stepping down this year. What was the most significant priority you had planned for...
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Ballard transition led by GOP insiders, business executives: 24 local leaders size up city for new mayorRestricted Content

December 24, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
With little encouragement and less financial support, mayor-elect Greg Ballard was forced to campaign as a longshot outsider. But his surprise election turned the tables. In the last six weeks, he's been embraced quickly by Marion County's Republican elite. And his transition team is stacked with insiders. To prepare an administration in less than two months, Ballard assembled a transition team of 24 local leaders, who then pulled in 150 volunteers to examine the current shape of city and county...
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Women business PAC: Committee raising funds to promote female owners' agenda

December 10, 2007
Emily Groen
Local women business owners are trying their hand in politics heading into the 2008 campaign season. Launched in February, the Indiana Woman Business Owner's Political Action Committee will raise money to promote political candidates who champion femaleowned businesses. "The purpose is to support candidates ... that seek to protect and develop women-owned and minorityowned business," said PAC Chairwoman Billie Dragoo, founder and CEO of Indianapolis-based medical staffing company Repucare. Its mission is simple, she said: "to advance the agenda of...
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Biz issues move to back seat: Property-tax reform leaves little time for other workRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
Scott Olson
Reforming the state's property tax system will consume so much of the legislative session that the Indiana General Assembly isn't expected to give much attention to other issues pertinent to the business community. Compounding matters is the fact that the session, which runs from mid-January to mid-March, is of the short variety, meaning legislators have less time to debate issues than they would during the long, odd-year meetings. "I think [property tax reform] is the most intense and voluminous issue...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Are unions really that important?Restricted Content

December 10, 2007
Morton Marcus
Uncle Uriah Marcus visited us on Thanksgiving. It took over a week to recover. He blames "the @#%$# unions" for most of our state's woes. Uncle Uriah asserts "them big unions scares businesses away from Indiannie." A sample of his views: High property taxes: It's the teachers' union's fault because teachers keep pushing up their earnings and reducing their responsibility. Congestion in cities: Bus workers' unions keep fares too high for anyone to ride the bus. The battle between the...
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PROFILE: Silverback Consulting Group: Consultant helps clients navigate tech jungle Silverback looks to diversify health care, bank businessRestricted Content

December 3, 2007
Ed Callahan
Silverback Consulting Group Consultant helps clients navigate tech jungle Silverback looks to diversify health care, bank business In the jungle that is today's business world, businesses can't survive without information systems. And if they need help finding their way through all the technological underbrush, a local consulting firm wants to be the 500-pound gorilla that clears a path for them. Silverback Consulting Group was founded in 1997 to help businesses upgrade their internal computer and phone systems. Its consultants plan...
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NOTIONS: Surefire CPR for the high cost of governmentRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Bruce Hetrick
Last Saturday, my wife Cherí and awoke to a beautiful fall day. Having no o b l i g a t i o n s , w decided to take spontaneous trip to Orange County, to see the restored West Baden Springs Hotel Despite the rash of stoplights on State Road 37 and a flurry of pre-game traffic for the Old Oaken Bucket clash, the drive was a breeze. Cherí had never been to West Baden Springs. So the beautifully...
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Full incubator widens reach: Tech center to help non-tenantsRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Scott Olson
The "no vacancy" sign hanging at an Indiana University business incubator has prompted officials to launch a program in which startup companies can gain access to support services without renting space. IU's Emerging Technologies Center, on West 10th Street near the Central Canal, houses 25 companies in about 44,000 square feet of space. The center has been operating at full capacity the past two years and has a waiting list of four companies. For those who can't get into the...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Technology, life sciences creating new Hoosier jobsRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Sally Byrn
While other states strive to find their places in today's international economy, the Hoosier state has made a reputation for itself in the life sciences arena. It's an important effort, especially when you consider that our state's past successes were in the field of manufacturing. Con sidering that the 2007 Indiana Manufacturers Directory reports Indiana lost more than 17,000 manufacturing jobs in the past year, this new economic model built upon technology and life sciences is important, if not essential,...
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'BUILD YOUR BUSINESS by investing in it':Restricted Content

November 26, 2007
-Andrea Muirragui
Creative Street Media Group has come a long way-literally and figuratively-from its humble beginnings 23 years ago. The small video production company has become a corporate conglomerate, with 67 employees in five facilities who handle everything from promotional materials to interactive education. Oh yeah, and they also crank out some award-winning TV shows-like the Emmy Award-winning "Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delany." For all its progress, Creative Street is not done growing. Any day now, the company will expand its reach...
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'Mini meds' latest medicine for rising health care costs: Employers begin to embrace limited-benefit plansRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
J.K. Wall
Two years ago, Indianapolis insurance broker Greg Wright started hawking an old kind of health insurance in a new way. He calls it a mini med. Others call it a limited-benefit health plan. It allows employers or their employees to pick coverage from a menu of items and receive insurance for only those items. If they don't pick emergency room visits, for example, they're not insured for them. It's the kind of bare-bones benefits some retailers and restaurants, such as...
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Ballard book favors positive, forceful leadership styleRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Students complained about Greg Ballard when he taught college business courses. The man they called "the Colonel" had strict rules and high expectations. Frustrated, undergraduates sometimes tried to go over his head. His boss, Indiana Business College administrator Marc Konesco, encountered them in his office. But students never got far. Konesco refused to overrule the Colonel's decisions. "I always said, 'That's his classroom,'" recalled Konesco, the college's vice president of marketing and enrollment. "His style was one where the students...
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Hancock developer's plan matures: Copper Leaf would be region's largest, most comprehensive senior housingRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Chris O\'malley
What started as Jim Brothers' search for an assisted-living facility for his mother could end up as the region's most comprehensive retirement "resort." The president of The Bradford Group, an Indianapolis residential developer, has been working several months to get the zoning he needs for Copper Leaf. The 177-acre community on the east side of McCordsville would be home to 400 to 600 residents and sport a nine-hole public golf course. About 30 acres would be set aside for restaurants,...
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Health care top choice in career poll: Student interest in technology jobs holds steady, state survey findsRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Scott Olson
Recent results from an annual survey show health services remains the most popular career choice among Indiana high-school juniors planning to go to college. The questionnaire was administered by Learn More Indiana, an effort to promote college and career planning supported by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, as well as a few other state agencies. Learn More Indiana has existed for about 20 years, but had been known as the Indiana College Admissions and Placement Center before the arrival...
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Group aims to turn data into better care: Lilly's Larkin joins Health Information ExchangeRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Health Information Exchange recently hired Dr. Greg Larkin to be its chief medical officer. Larkin, who is the longtime head of Eli Lilly and Co.'s employee clinics and health plans, will focus on the exchange's Quality Health First program, which aims to use a local database of doctors' records and insurance claims to help doctors improve their quality of care. The program includes health insurance plans-such as Anthem, UnitedHealth and Medicare-that cover on average 70 percent of local...
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Bariatric product key for software firm's growth: Former WellPoint execs heading up young companyRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
J.K. Wall
Medical Animatics LLC hopes its latest product helps double its size while helping patients shrink theirs. The small Indianapolis firm plans to roll out bariatric-education software by yearend. By tapping the popular surgery procedure, Medical Animatics' officers hope that product grows sales enough to double its nine-person work force in a year. The new product launch is the first major initiative for Medical Animatics since it secured angel investments from two former WellPoint Inc. officers earlier this year. Jane Niederberger...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Children are central issue for '08Restricted Content

November 12, 2007
Morton Marcus
The election campaign of 2008 can transform our state if the candidates focus their attention on children. We can develop a healthy economy and become a model of civility if we focus systematically on our children. Many people are convinced government spends too much. What they mean is that government spends for services that don't benefit them or services they wish they did not need. Who wants to spend money on juvenile corrections or adult reading programs for prisoners? Who...
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